The medical marijuana debate is generating more controversy than ever in the Wolverine State.
In Spring Lake, Michigan, Max Lorincz was charged with a felony when a smear of oil was found in his home by police. Following his arrest, Lorincz’s son was removed from his custody — leading to the controversial lawsuit at hand.
Michael Komorn, the President of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Association and a defense attorney, is representing Lorincz in the case pro bono.
Lorincz, a registered medical marijuana patient has his doctor’s recommendation to use the plant, although the judge sees things a bit differently. Lorincz stated,
“When I follow my doctor’s recommendations, that’s when my health started to get better; going back and following what the judge is saying, my health is just deteriorating ever since.”
The story started in February when 911 was called to the Lorincz’s household on a medical emergency. Upon inspection of the scene, law enforcement officials identified a small amount of BHO (butane hash oil).
The case itself is full of intricacies regarding BHO’s status as usable marijuana and recent changes in the state’s testing policies.
Korman says that the oil found in his client’s home came from the resin of a marijuana plant, and that the change in lab policy makes it so that Lorincz’s is being charged with a felony rather than no charge at all.
He elaborated in more detail,
“That is very, very, very disturbing to me, because it means that the politics in the law are affecting the truth. That’s not how it’s supposed to be. We’re supposed to rely on science to make the case.”
The outcome of this case remains to be seen. In the meantime, Lorincz is following court orders by taking only prescription painkillers for his medical problems.